What Congress Should Ask About Deep Fakes

Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will convene an open hearing on “ the national security challenges of artificial intelligence (AI), manipulated media, and ‘deepfake’ technology.” Specifically, the Committee is looking at  “democratic governance, with individuals and voters no longer able to trust their own eyes or ears when assessing the authenticity of […]

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A Proposal To Redress Malicious Social Media Posts Targeting Public Figures

The FCC’s Personal Attack Rule- struck down in 2000- should be resurrected. By Justin Hendrix and Bryan Jones. Another day and yet another incident that illustrates the role of social media platforms in facilitating and accelerating toxicity into the public discourse. “Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as […]

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WE’VE DIAGNOSED THE DISINFORMATION PROBLEM. NOW, WHAT’S THE PRESCRIPTION?

The following was previously published on Defusing Disinfo here. Over the past few years, the age-old practice of propaganda has mixed with social media to create a formidable new problem: computational disinformation powerful enough to disrupt democracies. From 2014 through 2017, Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) targeted the American people with tens of millions of […]

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Twitter’s Revised World Leader Policy is Still Sanctioned Bullying

Twitter is exploring ways to add a disclaimer or other context around Tweets from world leaders that break their terms of service but the company has chosen to leave up because of their supposed newsworthiness. Twitter’s head of legal, policy, and trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde explained: “One of the things we’re working really closely on with […]

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Is It Time To Update Section 230 Of The Communications Decency Act?

This piece was originally published on Slate Future Tense. “No other sentence in the U.S. Code,” technology scholar David Post has written, “has been responsible for the creation of more value than” a little-known provision of the Communications Decency Act called Section 230. But in January, President Donald Trump’s technology adviser Abigail Slater suggested that Congress should […]

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